In an effort to improve my crossword writing technique and learn about things outside my ken . . . I decided to join a football pool. Each week when I call in my pick, I expect to be drop-kicked out of the pool by the following Monday.
But it’s strange . . . it’s Week Four I’m still in, having survived a close call with San Diego last week. Whew.
Thank God I picked the Patriots two weeks ago and not last week. Total dumb luck, but I’ll take the win. Of all the players, it was the fiery wide receiver Chad Ochocinco who caught my eye. His jersey number is mystically, appropriately, weirdly . . . 85. OCHO/CINCO . . . mmm?
After some Googling, all was clear: how thoughtful of Chad to change his name from JOHNSON to OCHOCINCO, to help me remember his jersey number. I love that crosswords require a knowledge of Spanish, French and German numbers. OCHO/CINCO = EIGHT/FIVE. Got it.
The football world is rich with great crossword QBs:
Tomorrow’s pick? Green Bay. I’m betting on Aaron UNODOS (no relation to Tom) and the defensive line to stay alive in the pool. Go Packers!
Football poolers, what are your Week Four picks?